[Ads-l] fash

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Aug 15 08:34:40 EDT 2018

The Scottish isn't political in quite the same way - though it harks back to Scotland's auld alliance with France.  The Scottish fash comes from French se facher 'to get angry' (non-pronominal 'to grieve', 'to anger'), one of a group of words in Scottish English direct from the French.

I've always liked it - and sometimes use it, precisely in the phrase Mark cites.  Not that the usage in Scots English is also a reflexive.

Oh aye,


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Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
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From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Mark Mandel <mark.a.mandel at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:37 PM
Subject: Re: fash

That's good to know. I knew only the Scots verb, as in "Dinna fash yersel'"
= 'Don't vex yourself. / Don't concern yourself."

Mark, now thinking o' a wee dram

On Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 10:22 AM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 9:56 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Sign carried by Anarchists yesterday:
> >
> > "Bash the fash."
> >
> Wiktionary is on the case.
> -----
> https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fash
fash - Wiktionary<https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fash>
Noun []. fash (plural fashes) (Scotland, Geordie, Northern England) A worry; trouble; bother.Derived terms []. fashous; See also []. fettle; References []. Whites Latin-English Dictionary: 1899.

> fash (plural fash)
> 1. (slang, especially in Britain) A fascist, a member of the far-right.
> 1945, Information Bulletin ..., volume 5 (issues 66-131):
> The Butchers Here is an old Munich policeman -- Wilhelm Frick with eyes
> like those of a fash.
> 2017, Katessa Harkey, The Peace of the Hall: Rules of Engagement for the
> New Witch Wars, page 90:
> It is not they, with their comfortable middle class speaking-tour and
> festival-circuit lives, who will put on the black and go punch a Nazi or
> bash a fash. No. It will be the vulnerable, overwhelmingly queer, poor
> youth [...]
> 2. (slang, plural, especially in Britain) The far-right, especially violent
> far-right demonstrators, collectively.
> 1996, Ajay Close, Official and doubtful, Random House (UK)
> Used to go down to London on bash-the-fash awaydays; turn up at National
> Front marches and give them a toeing.
> 2012, Dan Todd, One Man's Revolution, Andrews UK Limited
> Five of our lads had just watched the riot police go into the Wellington
> and give the fash a kicking.
> 2012, Dave Hann, Physical Resistance: A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism, John
> Hunt Publishing
> The women in NP at the time were very good spotters and we had good access
> to intel, photos etc. on the fash.
> -----
> See also the "fashy" haircut:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/11/30/does-this-haircut-make-me-look-like-a-nazi/
> --bgz
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